Free Talk: Internet of Things (IoT) A Deep Dive – Craig Hartman of Cisco

A joint Chicago Chapter ACM / Loyola University Computer Science Department meeting

Internet of Things (IoT) A Deep Dive

Speaker: Craig Hartman

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
5:45 pm – Social Time, light refreshments
6:30 pm – Presentation

Loyola University Water Tower Campus (Chicago/Michigan Area)
111 E. Pearson Street, Chicago IL 60611
Beane Ballroom (13th Floor, Lewis Towers)

Admission: Free, Reservations Requested, General Admission, open to the publicRSVP on the Chicago ACM meetup site

Chicago DigiGirlz Day

Chicago DigiGirlz Day 
March 15, 2014 
8:30am – 3:45pm 

Microsoft is excited to host DigiGirlz, a YouthSpark program at the Chicago
office on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The program is open to girls in
grades 7 – 12 who are interested in learning about technology and careers.
There will be fun activities, product demos and presentations throughout
the day as well as a career panel so you can ask questions about roles in IT.

Registration is available on, go to DigiGirlz
Day and click on Chicago. If that link is not available yet, you can go to:

The event is free. You will need to register and
complete forms prior to attending. Transportation to the event is the
participant’s responsibility.

We will have registration and light breakfast from 8:30am to 9:00am and
will end at 3:45pm with a drawing for prizes including an Xbox360 with
Kinect!! Lunch is provided. Come join us and bring a friend.

Microsoft Corporation
Aon Center Building
200 E. Randolph
Suite 200 – 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60601

For more information on DigiGirlz and FAQ, go to:

For more information on YouthSpark and resources, go to:

Visualizing Big Data Over the Centuries

“Big data” might be a modern buzzword, but the concept goes back as long as people have been collecting records (albeit with our perception of what counts as “big” growing over the years). And while interactive data visualisations and infographics might be new to the world of digital media, the art of illustrating data has a long history.

In its first science exhibition, which opened yesterday, the British Library is showing off some iconic scientific diagrams, new and old, from the country’s science collection. It’s a consideration of how scientific and technological advances have shaped the way we visualise information. Johanna Kieniewicz, lead curator of the exhibition, said they particularly wanted to draw links between data past and present: “Data that is centuries old from collections like ours is now being used to inform cutting edge science.”

Called “Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight,” the exhibition focuses on three general areas of research: public health, weather and evolution. Here’s a tour through some of the highlights.

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Society of Women Engineers- Chicago Regional Section Scholarship Application 2014

Society of Women Engineers- Chicago Regional Section Scholarship Application 2014

Awards range from $1000 to $1500.

Application form at


  • Applicant must be a female.
  • The applicant’s home must be in a zip code with these three numbers as the first three digits: IL 600-608, 610-611, and 613; IN 463-466.
  • The applicant must be a freshman, re-entry or transfer student accepted into an engineering or computer science program at an accredited college or university for the Fall 2014 semester.
  • The applicant’s grade point average must be a 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • School Transcripts must be sent by your school. School Officials can submit Transcripts via U.S. mail or e-mail it to: SWE Scholarship Committee swe-crs-scholarship

Applications must be submitted by April 10, 2014.

  • Letters of Recommendation can be submitted by .pdf file. U.S. mailed letters must be postmarked by April 15, 2014.
  • Scholarship winners will be notified via telephone in May, all other applications will receive an email indicating selection has been completed.
  • Winners will be required to provide a copy of a letter of acceptance into an engineering program at an accredited university.
  • Winners will be required to submit their Fall 2014 tuition bill. The Fall 2014 Class Schedule must be dated after August 25th and is due before October 31, 2014.
  • Scholarship recipients and their families are expected to attend the Awards Reception, to be held the first week in June.
  • Be sure to check out the additional SWE Scholarships at

Apps in Action: Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings


Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings

The city has a lot of abandoned buildings, and to decide which ones should be demolished, the federal government and some major foundations started a massive, high-tech mapping project. The new mayor says that’s just what he needs to improve the neighborhoods.

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